You cannot keep a top bracket cricketer out of contention for too long. After the controversy surrounding MS Dhoni, the accusatory finger-pointing, and senseless tweeting and quite a few apparent trends, the man sprung back to life and how!
On a wicket that showed awkward bounce and where the ball did not exactly come on to the bat, Dhoni stitched together an important partnership along with Steven Smith, after Rahane got them off to a flyer. The Smith – Dhoni partnership and some late heroics by Tiwary powered the Rising Pune Supergiant to 161 and the Royal Challengers Bangalore struggled, stuttered and finally succumbed to defeat, managing 134/9, losing by 27 runs. Only Virat Kohli looked comfortable in the middle but mistimed one to deep mid-off.
One of the highlights of the game was an absolutely unbelievable hit by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the last ball of the 14 Over. What was more unbelievable about the six was the fact that it was unbelievable even by the Dhoni standards. Chahal seemed to have bowled a good over. On the last ball, though, MS Dhoni had other plans. He premeditated and stepped out. Once the ball was in his zone, he simply gave it his all. A tight-bottom hand and a swishing flail. The ball met the middle of the bat, made a beautiful sound. Next frame, you could see a white dot climbing the Chinnaswamy roof. Make no mistake, the ball literally climbed on to the roof with no negotiations whatsoever. It was an absolutely unreal hit.
Warner was quick to Tweet, “I just heard a bang on my window!! Was that the ball @msdhoni just hit from bangalore wow booooom.”
The rest of the Twitterati got busy trolling Harsh Goenka, the RPS owner’s Brother whose was roasted for his controversial Tweets on MS Dhoni.
While the Twitter reactions and trolls were a bit too harsh, MSD show was majestic to watch. MSD’s stumping of ABD too was brilliant and at that point, severely dented RCB’s chances of chasing the total.